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NAPOLI president Aurelio De Laurentiis has denied that Gonzalo Higuain can be bought for £55m and instead revealed the striker has an £80m release clause.
Higuain has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in recent times but it seems that the Premier League trio would have to pay an astronomical fee to land the former Real Madrid man.
De Laurentiis told the Corriere dello Sport: "Some of you wrote that I should've written a €70m (£55m) release clause into his contract.
"Well, I can tell you that last year when I signed Higuain's contract there was a €100m (£80m) release clause.
"As you can see, the media are always misinformed. They dive into these stories and hypothesise, but do you really think that after 10 years running a club, someone who comes from cinema and produced more than 400 films doesn't know how to write a player's contract?
"Do you believe I am someone who doesn't know how to negotiate a good deal?
"I really like Higuain, he is an exceptional person and very well-mannered. So as long as our rapport continues to work, I see no problems."
The Premier League clubs were dealt a further blow in their pursuit of Higuain - who has been starring for Argentina in the World Cup - when the player revealed earlier this week that he is happy in Italy.
He said: "I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy.
"The Partenopei club (Napoli) has always treated me very well since I arrived."